A Big Thank You, Grazie, Gracias and Merci to our Mediterranean Friends

I’ve just returned from a month of travel and needless to say, there’s a lot of catching up to do. But first I want to take this opportunity to say thank you to all the helpers, guides, drivers, chefs, winemakers, friends and more that I made during my fantastic journey on Holland America Line’s Oosterdam through the Mediterranean.

Lucca, Italy
Andrea Paganelli and Wanda Marinelli (toursbylocals.com)
Chef Giuliano Pacini  & Sommelier Cristiano Costopassi- Restaurant Buca di S. Antonio
Marco Corsini and staff at Fattoria di Fubbiano Winery
Basilica di S. Frediano (per gentile concessione della basilica- St Zita)

Phillipe Bonafede – Castelroc Restaurant
Aude Elodie Thi-Khan – Patisserie Riviera

St. Tropez, France
JJ Jorisen
Restaurant La Pesquiere
Kelly’s Pub
Glacier Barbarac ice cream

Olivier Chavaran – Coloratour
Elizabeth & Dominique Herzet at Chalet de Campo
Francois Andreucci – Beekeeper
Sylvain Martinez-Ciccolini – Saffron Producer
Restaurant U Taravu

Almeria, Spain
Maria Virginia Cocarro – Translate Travel
Chef Jesse Torrente- Restaurant Catedral at Hotel Catedral
Antonio Barea Fernandez- Bar Barea
Pablo Ansenio – La Mala Bar
Mustafa Fazouli – Aljaima Restaurant and Teteria

Ceuta , Spain
Antonio Paublete -Tourismo Ceuta
Bar La Perla (Central Market)
El Albedrio gastrobar
Taberna La Trasmenda

Marseille/Provence, France
Sebastian Lopez – Iamnotatourist
Chef Vincent Quenin – Bistrot du Paradou
Mr. Seguin – Fromagerie des Alpilles
Beatrice Joyce – Domaine de Dalmeran Winery
Jean-Benoit and Catherine Hugues – Moulin Castelas

Sete, France
Sophie Bergeron – guide
Sete Tuk Tuk -Transportation to Mt St Claire
Olivia Romain-Dupuy – Les Demoiselles Dupuy
Jean-Michel Caumeil – Oyster Farm
Jean-Baptiste De Clock – Chateau Fot Mars Winery

Barcelona, Spain
Yves Nicolier – Toursbylocals.com
Willem (Hans) Zwartbol – Harley Driver
Chef Jon Giraldo – Spoonik
Indalecio – Bar Maians

Holland America Line – MS Oosterdam
Mark Pell- Hotel Director
Mark Sardelis
JJ Jorissen
Ruben Kooiman
(and all the staff)

Stay tuned as I post about each port of call in the coming weeks.

Cheers and all the best,





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